Charles Hider

Executive Chairman

Charles is a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria. He has extensive international legal, commercial, and negotiating experience, most notably in technology and resources. He was Chairman of a mid-tier law firm for over 30 years. For 10 years, he was a member of the Victorian State Parliament. In addition, he has been the chairperson and director of several ASX-listed companies.

Dr Roger Edwards

Chief Executive Officer

Roger is broad-based senior executive, technology manager and consultant with over 35 years’ experience in a diverse range of organisations and companies associated with transportation, food, packaging, plastics, coatings, ICT and biotechnology sectors.   In particular, as a biomedical engineer, he has led teams of scientists and engineers in R&D,  Quality Assurance, Occupational  Health and Safety, manufacturing and regulation of medical devices, from single-use syringes and needles to artificial arteries, blood detoxification devices and dental materials. 

For 7 years, Roger was the Executive Director of the Cooperative Research Centre [CRC] for International Food Manufacture and Packaging Science, including 2 years as the deputy-chair of the CRC Association.  Under his leadership of the Food Pack CRC, four spin-offs were created which in turn led to licensing of two technologies internationally and the raising of investment capital and other grants.

Associate Prof Harry Minas

Non-Executive Director

Harry is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. He is the foundation director of the Victorian Transcultural Psychiatry Unit, and the Director of the Centre for International Mental Health, School of Population Health at the University of Melbourne.

He has served as a member of the Executive of the Mental Health Council of Australia and on numerous state, national and international boards and committees. In addition, he has been a member of state and national ministerial advisory groups. He was also a consultant to the Commonwealth Department of Human Services, the International Organisation for Migration, and the World Health Organization (WHO). Harry leads a WHO Collaborating Centre for Mental Health and Substance Abuse. In 2007, the Director-General of the WHO appointed him to the International Expert Panel on Mental Health and Substance Abuse.

Dr Len Walker

Non Executive Director

For 10 years, Len was Managing Director of one of Australia's leading geo-technical and mining engineering consulting companies. Len is currently the Managing Director of Phoenix Energy Ltd an unlisted public company involved in underground coal gasification.

Jason Thelander

Non Executive consultant, CHIEF ENGINEER (C.E.)

Jason has focused on business development and was until recently CEO of Precision Mechatronic Pty Ltd, a spin-off from the Silverbrook Research P/L.  Jason has a strong practical engineering background with experience in biomedical technology, precision mechatronics, design, construction, prototyping, and manufacture.

Precision Mechatronics was one of Australia’s largest precision engineering design and manufacturing houses, providing expertise and services to organizations such as Cochlear Ltd and NICTA.  Jason is now General Manager and the Vice –President of Engineering of Memjet Australia Inc., with responsibility for >$40M product development program.